Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Healthy Halloween

This year, for her first Halloween, Hannah is dressing as a banana. Her Aunt is a fashion designer and making her costume. We will be making an (early) appearance at her Aunt's Halloween party, we have a music class to attend on Halloween, and we may drive to her grandparents houses to collect candy, so hopefully her super cute costume will get some mileage.

But because she'll only be 9 months old, I don't need to worry about any candy she might collect. Because Chris and I will fight over it, and then gorge on it ourselves (not that I expect she'll be collecting much).

How do you make sure your child(ren) doesn't go overboard with all the treats Halloween can entail?

Baby Gourmet Founder & President Jennifer Carlson Broe has a favorite healthy Halloween tip that both parents and children will love. The Halloween Witch is a household tradition for Jen's children Eamon and Findlay. Trick-or-treating is an experience that children love and Jen knew it would be very difficult (and disappointing for the kids!) to convince them not to participate - yet she was concerned about them eating big bags of candy. So...she told them about the Halloween Witch.

Eamon and Findlay have fun picking out their 10-15 favourite treats to keep and then they leave the rest of their candy next to the fireplace. The Halloween Witch visits their home each year and takes away the candy in exchange for a new present. Jen's children enjoy the whole of experience of Halloween without the lingering damage to their nutritional plan.

Fifteen pieces of candy and a new present sound pretty good to me. When I was younger, my brother and I would stay out for hours trying to get as much candy as our bags could possibly hold. Then, when my Mom was making us clean our rooms as part of spring cleaning, we usually found the dusty bags hiding under our beds - still 75 per cent full and having to be thrown out due to grossness.

Near the end of my trick-or-treating days, people had started to give out stickers, pencils and plain popcorn (slightly healthier than other goodies).

This year, Jen is going to take Halloween to an even healthier level. She will be handing out her brand new Squoosh™ product - the first healthy snack line-up to be launched under Kids Gourmet™, a brand devoted to healthy options for school age children. The Squoosh™ snack product line has four products specifically designed to appeal to children's sense of fun: Orangobango, Squabbleberry, Beetberry, and Banango. The packaging is fun and filled with serious nutrition. These snacks are made from 100 per cent fruit and vegetables, have no added sugar or salt, are kosher, nut-free and gluten-free, and provide a full serving of fruit & veg in every pouch.

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Hannah LOVES Baby Gourmet, so I can only assume when she gets older she'll love Squoosh™ too. With flavours like Harvest Pear, Pumpkin and Banana, Orchard Apple, Carrot & Prune, and Juicy Pear and Garden Greens, Baby Gourmet is baby food I don't mind tasting to ensure it's the right temperature. It's also a Parent Tested, Parent Approved Award Winning Product. All Baby Gourmet products have 100 per cent organic ingredients, no thickeners or fillers, no added sugar or salt and BPA free re-sealable packaging.

How will you keep your kid(s) healthy this Halloween?

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